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    ERIK MONGRAIN
    SPRING AND AIRBRAKE
    WEDNESDAY 19th NOVEMBER 2008
    Doors Open 8.30pm
    Tickets now on sale from Katy Daly's (tel 028 90 327007) or online from www.geturticket.com
    www.erikmongrain.com
    www.myspace.com/erikrain
    An amazing acoustic guitarist with a unique style.
    His Air Tap video has had over 3.5 million views on You Tube. Check it out at http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=AbndgwfG22k

    Erik Mongrain taught himself guitar at the age of 14. As a boy he was mostly interested in sports, but picked up an interest in the guitar and began to teach himself to play by ear. Erik started out playing the electric guitar, but developed an interest in classical and acoustic guitar after hearing the work of Johann Sebastian Bach. Erik taught himself to read music, and began composing. Erik Mongrain was inspired early on by the work of Metallica, Jimi Hendrix, and Kurt Cobain. When he was 18, Erik heard the work of guitarist Don Ross, and he said "This was a new revelation to me. I finally found my niche." After that, Erik was heavily influenced by the work of Michael Hedges. Erik also began to experiment with a technique known as lap tapping, in which the player lays the guitar across their lap, and taps the strings on the fret board with both hands.